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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Customer Stock Ownership to the Rescue?

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Customer Stock Ownership to the Rescue?
At first sight the challenges facing TikTok and John Lewis appear very different. For the former, it's the risk of being denied access to much of the free world as regulators clamp down over concerns of it becoming a major security threat. For the latter, John Lewis's need to raise investment is threatening the partnership which staff and customers hold in such high regard. These very different problems could, however, both be solved by applying customer stock ownership — in TikTok's case, in return for the immense wealth creation made possible by data harvesting; in John Lewis's case, in return for that £2 billion which they urgently need to update their business model. In each case, disintermediation leading towards a more egalitarian form of capitalism. Background music: 'On Hold' by Silent Partner

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Georgie Frost

This Is Money: Should we worry about the banks... and why raise interest rates now?

Georgie Frost
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This is Money

This Is Money: Should we worry about the banks... and why raise interest rates now?
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water... A banking crisis has seemingly emerged out of nowhere, in a system that we've been told is stable, well capitalised and far from its parlous state when the credit crunch and financial crisis struck. So, what is going on and why did both the Federal Reserve in the US and the Bank of England see fit to raise interest rates this week? Georgie Frost and Simon Lambert talk interest rates: whether we have hit the base rate peak, when they might fall, why central banks keep raising them and what the impact will be for savers, borrowers and investors. Plus, what's going on with the banks? Why the sudden wobble? What's it got to do with rising interest rates and government bonds? Is this just a shake-out taking out those that weren't very well run anyway, or something more dramatic? Also, Simon explains why he thinks some people might need to sell some investments now. (But not for the reasons above). And finally, are Pokémon cards really an investable asset? The This is Money team dived into the world of collecting hem this week, Simon explains what they found out.

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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: TikTok Under Fire (24/3)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: TikTok Under Fire (24/3)
The Fed's quarter-percent interest rate hike went as expected. The CEO of TikTok's testimony on Capitol Hill did not. Emily Flippen and Ron Gross discuss fear of a recession vs. fear of a banking contagion, whether social media giants like Meta Platforms and Snap stand to benefit from the drama around TikTok, Ford Motor's plan to go from losing billions on EVs to being profitable by the end of 2026, and the latest from Block, KB Home, and Accenture. Also, 19 minutes in, Emily and Ron continue their analysis of the week's big investing stories, including recent struggles from three pet companies — Chewy, Petco, and Trupanion, Apple's plan to spend $1 billion per year on theatrical releases, the latest from Nike, Ollie's Bargain Outlet, and Darden Restaurants, and two stocks on their radar: Globus Medical and Donnelly Financial Solutions. Stocks discussed: SNAP, META, GOOG, SQ, KBH, F, CAN, CHWY, WOOF, TRUP, NKE, OLLI, DRI, SBUX, IMAX, CNK, AMC, AAPL, GMED, DFIN. Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Emily Flippen, Ron Gross
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Emily Flippen, Ron Gross


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Motley Fool Money

Motley Fool Money: The Rate Hike Wall Street Expected (23/3)

Motley Fool Money
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Motley Fool Show

Motley Fool Money: The Rate Hike Wall Street Expected (23/3)
Just because things go as expected doesn't mean the ripple effects aren't surprising. Andy Cross discusses the Fed's 0.25% rate hike, unfortunate timing around Chairman Powell's press conference and Sec. Yellen's public testimony, and why he's going to be paying more attention to annual reports in the coming weeks. Then, 10 minutes in, Nick Sciple and Jim Gillies face off in the semi-finals of our stock investing version of March Madness! Choose the winner by casting your vote in our Twitter poll @MotleyFoolMoney! Companies discussed: RMAX, BWXT. Host - Chris Hill; Guests - Andy Cross, Nick Sciple, Jim Gillies
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Andy Cross, Nick Sciple, Jim Gillies


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Adam Cox

The Hypnotist: Social Anxiety

Adam Cox
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The Hypnotist

The Hypnotist: Social Anxiety
Many people have no problem with social events involving people they know well — close friends or family — but struggle with events bringing them into contact with strangers. This episode is designed to help by mapping those feelings of confidence in the former situations into the latter, finding that equivalent sense of relaxation in unfamiliar settings.

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Simon Rose

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The BoE raises interest rates for the 11th time in a row

Simon Rose
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The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors

The Financial Outlook for Personal Investors: The BoE raises interest rates for the 11th time in a row
Victoria Scholar of Interactive Investor discusses the MPC's decision to raise interest rates 25 basis points to 4.25%, although there were 2 votes against the move. With inflation ticking up again, the Bank is clearly still concerned about how far CPI is above its 2% target, maintaining that the UK banking system is robust, despite problems in the US and Switzerland. While savers may cheer rising rates, Victoria points out that inflation is still well above savings rates, so there's a negative real return.
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Victoria Scholar


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Simon Rose

The Bigger Picture: The Met needs reform, public debt is out of control & Winnie the Pooh threatens Xi Jinping

Simon Rose
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The Bigger Picture

The Bigger Picture: The Met needs reform, public debt is out of control & Winnie the Pooh threatens Xi Jinping
Professor Tim Evans of Middlesex University says that the problems with the Metropolitan Police seem to get ever worse and that it needs root-and-branch reform, while vetting needs to be improved and standardised. With UK Government debt interest payments of £7bn a month, he asks how bad things have to get before politicians here – and elsewhere – realise the system needs a refresh. And he can't help finding it amusing that Winnie the Pooh is seen as such a threat to Xi Jinping that a film involving him has been banned in Hong Kong.
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Professor Tim Evans


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Simon Rose

The Business of Film: Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Allelujah, Rye Lane & Other People's Children

Simon Rose
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The Business Of Film

The Business of Film: Shazam! Fury of the Gods, Allelujah, Rye Lane & Other People's Children
James Cameron-Wilson takes Simon Rose through the box office charts, dismissing new #1 Shazam! Fury of the Gods as lacking suspense or laughs. However, he waxed lyrical about the Alan Bennett adaptation Allelujah at #4 ("the feel-sad movie of the year"), with Judi Dench & Derek Jacobi in a story about old age and the NHS. He was even more taken with love story Rye Lane at #7 which he found funny & exhilarating, a debut which excited him in the way Trainspotting had. In few cinemas but on Apple+ is French drama Other People's Children, which James adored, thinking it moving and involving.
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James Cameron-Wilson


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Simon Rose

Gadgets & Gizmos: A reactor on the moon, bricks on Mars, AI on your PC & a batteryless doorbell

Simon Rose
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Gadgets and Gizmos

Gadgets & Gizmos: A reactor on the moon, bricks on Mars, AI on your PC & a batteryless doorbell
Steve Caplin takes Simon Rose through the latest tech. Samsung's phone takes amazing moon photos (by cheating), the UK is to put a nuclear reactor on the moon, NASA unveils its new spacesuit (disguised), Stanford develop AI for your own PC and AI can now create photos. There's a fortified plastic chicken coop to keep out foxes (that looks like an animal prison) and Lidl are selling a wireless doorbell that is entirely battery free.
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Steve Caplin


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Gavin Oldham

Thought for the Week: Holding Government to Account

Gavin Oldham
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Thought for the Week

Thought for the Week: Holding Government to Account
The big ticket item this week is the House of Commons Privileges Committee, which is holding a televised evidence hearing with Boris Johnson on Wednesday 22nd March. Select Committees do an important job holding Government to account, and the most powerful is the Public Accounts Committee which oversees the delivery efficiency and effectiveness of Government programmes. They're able to draw on objective analysis provided by the National Audit Office whose latest investigation, published last week, is into the huge Child Trust Fund programme. Background music: 'People Watching' by Sir Cubworth

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